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Daniel Defoe (1661-1731) wrote 'A Journal of the Plague Year' in 1722, now considered one of the great early English novels. This Penguin Classic excerpt re-introduces this great work to a new audience, and captures the flavour of the times and events of 1665, the year of the Great Plague of London. Although Defoe was only five years old at the time of the events, it is written as an eye-witness account, and is a gripping observation of the reactions of the Londoners: mass hysteria, flight from the city, and even indifference. This is one of earliest 'historical' novels - so close to the events that it cannot fail to ring true - a true fictional account, so to speak.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   businessman, small Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Christian Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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